Hyundai Xcent Review & First Drive

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Hyundai Xcent Overview

The Korean auto giant first introduced the Xcent back in the year 2014. The car marks as Hyundai’s first foray in the budget sub-four meter compact sedan market in the subcontinent. The compact sedan is based on Hyundai’s Grand i10 platform and steady seller for the Korean auto giant. After giving tough competition to its rivals for 3 long years, the vehicle was in a dire need of update and company finally introduced the facelift in 2017. The vehicle has been transformed in many ways, its outer design and inner styling have been worked upon. The 2017 model gets the entirely new designing and some added goodies along with updated engines.Check for car loan interest rate.

Hyundai Xcent Design & Look

The new styling is the most valid point on why you will appreciate the Xcent facelift more. Hyundai has tried to give the compact sedan its unique identity. Not only does the new compact sedan looks entirely different from the pre-facelift model but it also looks different than the recently introduced Grand i10 hatchback as well. Towards the front, the Xcent gets a differently styled grille, while the hatchback comes with mesh grille the sedan gets Horizontal bars.

This type of grille pattern can also be seen in some other Hyundai sedans as well like the Elantra. The front bumper also has been completely redesigned as well. The headlamp design also is slightly different from the hatchback Counterpart as well which has helped give the Xcent its own unique identity. With all these changes the Xcent now looks big and more like a proper sedan.

Hyundai Xcent Cabin & Comfort

No other compact sedan manages to leverage exterior footprint to interior space as well as the Honda Amaze. The Grand i10 has its limitations due to the lesser overall width compared to the Amaze and the DZire. But, the space in the cabin isn’t bad and thanks to a tall roofline, it doesn’t feel claustrophobic even at the rear. Legroom and shoulder room are identical to the Grand i10, though the Xcent’s rear seat is said to have gotten a more relaxed backrest angle.

In typical Hyundai style, the Xcent’s cabin gets a lot of equipment to boost its appeal. The overall layout and quality of materials used in the cabin remains identical to the Grand i10. But a few changes are evident like the automatic climate control panel that seems to have been borrowed from the i20. Depending on the variant, the Xcent also gets more equipment in the form of rear aircon vents, an electro chromic rear view mirror, a smart key and push button start/ stop, auto folding door mirrors and a reverse parking assist system. A few of these are segment first and together they make the Xcent quite an attractive package.

A brown, biege and dark grey colour theme runs through the cabin including the centre console and the seat fabric. The seats are comfy and the rear bench now has the option of a flip down centre armrest with cup holders. There is also the cooled glove box and the boot lid lamp, convenience features that are rare in this segment. For more details on Hyundai Xcent visit Agropedia

Hyundai Xcent Engine & Performance

It’s the thing under the hood that makes the real difference in terms of driving pleasure. The company has tweaked the engine line-up for maximum performance. The 1.2L U2 CRDi diesel engine is now capable of making 75PS, (3PS more) and 190Nm (10Nm extra) of torque. The transmission duties are handled by 5-speed manual gearbox. The automatic diesel version is still much demanded.

The petrol engine is the 1.1L Kappa Dual VTVT motor which produces 83PS and 114Nm of max torque. The petrol version can be availed in either 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. The noise and vibration levels in the petrol driven Xcent has been refined which makes it behave well on roads. The diesel version with high power and torque capacity now gives improved driving experience. The best way to drive the car is to choose the moderate sweet spot and you can feel the strong and effortless driving on the go.

Hyundai claims that the new Xcent returns improved mileage figures as the engines have been improved. Where the diesel powered variant delivers ARAI certified mileage of 25.4kmpl, the petrol version, on the other hand, reads 20.14kmpl. The petrol automatic is though, a little low, returning 17.36kmpl.

Hyundai Xcent Ride * Handling

The Xcent’s handling too is very similar to the Grand i10. The only difference in its on-road behaviour can be felt when it is pushed around corners. There is a bit more body roll than in the Grand i10, and the Xcent’s slightly raised body stance and the softer rear suspension accentuates body roll. The steering feels well-weighted, though, being tuned for easy in-city maneuverability has robbed it of more feedback. For its segment, the Xcent’s steering is precise enough. Suspension quality is good and just like the Grand i10, the Xcent’s is also pliant and capable of soaking up bad roads well.

Hyundai Xcent Braking & Safety

Braking has never been a problem in Hyundai cars and Xcent is no exception. The responsibility of braking lies on the disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. The braking system does its job quite judiciously with strong bite force. Looking at the growing safety concerns as well as the competition among the peers, the carmaker has decided to give dual airbags as standard fitment in the car. However, it would have been better to have included ABS as a part of standard safety feature to keep pace with the competition. Nevertheless, the ABS, rear parking sensors, engine immobilizer, central locking, keyless entry and front fog lamps, all can be availed in higher models.

Hyundai Xcent Pric in Ahmedabad

Hyundai Xcent On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 6,39,681 to 9,67,446 for variants Xcent E Petrol and Xcent SX Diesel Optional respectively. Hyundai Xcent is available in 9 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Xcent variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Xcent price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Xcent Round Up

The Hyundai Xcent is joining a closely fought market segment. It stands a good chance of upsetting the apple cart, thanks to its excellent value-for-money package. The Xcent’s perceived quality is also likely to be higher than the others in the segment. Hyundai has introduced the Xcent with special launch prices starting from Rs 4.7 lakh for the base petrol variant.

Hyundai Xcent is offered in six different variants namely E, E+, S, S (AT), SX and SX (O). Talking about the pricing details, Hyundai Xcent’s base trim has been tagged at Rs. 5.54 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 6.42 lakh for the diesel trim. Its top ranging model gets the price tag of Rs. 7.65 lakh for petrol and goes up to Rs. 8.58 lakh for the diesel one. The top-selling variant 1.2 VTVT S trim is tagged at Rs. 6.5 lakh. The updated Xcent has really upped the game against Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Vento and Tata Tigo in the space, where it has been finding hard to make its place for a couple of years. For price details on Hyundai Xcent check AutoZhop.

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